Hazardous waste reduction through process change at Oxychem's Pasadena, Texas plant
Kachtick, James W.
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In 1987, Occidental Chemical Corporation instituted a program called OxyMin. The objective of this program was the systematic reduction in hazardous waste, toxic air emissions, and water pollutants in each of its chemical manufacturing plants. At OxyChem's Pasadena, Texas, PVC plant, an inventory of these releases from the process revealed that the best opportunity for a major impact under the OxyMin program was the elimination of the toluene used with the reaction initiator in the PVC process, which exited the plant as the major component of a significant hazardous waste stream requiring commercial incineration.